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Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding Doing Great Work in Illinois

Horsefeathers Therapeutic RidingThree-year-old Jack Foster sat on his mother’s lap as she wrapped a towel carefully around his neck.

“Jack has cerebral palsy and low muscle tone,” said his mother, Emily Foster, of Northbrook, Ill. “The biggest challenge is holding his head up.”

Hippotherapy Proves Beneficial to Speech Patients

Hippotherapy Aids Speech Patients“What do you like on your pizza?” asked Beth Macauley.

“Pep-pe-ro-ni!” said Davide Sirilli, sounding out each syllable.

“Good. Now say that in a full sentence,” said Macauley.

“I like pep-pe-ro-ni on my pizza,” Davide answered.

Horses Helping Humans at Stars & Strides Center

Stars & Strides Therapeutic Riding Center“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.”

That’s what British statesman Winston Churchill thought; and moreover, it’s what David and Teresa Miller, owners of Stars & Strides Therapeutic Riding Center believe.

Tack Donation Benefits Montana Equine Therapy Programs

Tanya Punt is transforming a near-death experience into a life-giving opportunity for veterans who, like her, have suffered a traumatic brain injury or another ravage of war.

Punt, 45, of Billings, was thrown from a horse April 12, 2014, during a barrel racing competition, landing on her helmet-less head. Doctors feared she wouldn’t survive her brain injury, or that she’d at least be paralyzed on her left side. Instead she made a complete recovery — except for losing her senses of smell and taste.

Hope Farm Granville Lives Up to Its Name

Hope Farm GranvilleSusan Ginise has a heart for horses and helping. As the co-owner of Hope Farm Granville, she put the two together to teach horsemanship and riding lessons to those most in need.

“We teach equine assisted therapy,” Ginise said, meaning children and adults with physical, cognitive and/or emotional challenges come to Ginise for therapy, on a horse.

BraveHearts Equine Center in Illinois Helps Veterans Heal

The stallion kicked out, nostrils flaring. In the ring, it faced off against a 32-year-old former infantryman.

Months ago, Mitchell Reno was sitting in a hotel room with a half-gallon of vodka and dark plans. But this April afternoon found him serenely still as a stallion kicked up sawdust in an arena in Poplar Grove. Slashes across the horse's heaving belly and back revealed fights in the Wyoming wild.

The horse zeroed in on Reno, who wrestles with PTSD and knows a thing or two about scars, the kind you can see and the kind you can't.

Horses Helping 'War' Against Addiction in Montana

Families Benefit from Equine Therapy in MontanaShelly Fyant from Arlee painted circles around the eyes of a horse named Big Medicine on Wednesday night.

"The circle gives us a clear vision so we can see our enemy," she said.

Equine Therapy Aiding Soldiers & Families at Fort Rucker

Soldier Lunging a Horse at Fort RuckerThere are countless methods of therapy used to help Soldiers and family members through difficult times, but helping agency personnel on Fort Rucker aren’t horsing around when it comes to providing the best treatment for those under their care.

Damaged Lives Restored at Georgia Equine Therapy Center

Emily Davidoff overdosed on heroin 26 times before ending up in rehab in July of 2015. 

"I was trying to kill myself," the 24-year-old, now 10 months sober, tells PEOPLE. "I didn't care about my life and I didn't care about anybody else." 

It was during her third stint in rehab that Emily found the desire to keep living from an unlikely source: a horse. 

"This horse had a story just like mine – she was abandoned and alone," Emily recalls. "I never knew I could bond with an animal like that but I cried on that horse before I cried in front of anybody else." 

'Lifesavers' Lives Up to Name for Horses & Veterans Alike

Wild Horse RescueKERN COUNTY, Calif. - Down a windy road, past free-range cows and several farm houses is a place called Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue in Twin Oaks, California. It's a safe haven for rescued horses and broken veterans.